April's Fool

Class: Original Piano Solo

Published: 1945.

Comment: One of Billy's later pieces included in the 'Jazz Master' album and this is pretty difficult. It is marked Allegro veloce: as this the usual speed of Billy's playing, one wonders what speed he intended here.

The Main section of the piece is built up, with great technical skill, out of a five-note phrase. There is a more sostenuto section in the middle.

Click here for an mp3 clip from this piece, played by Eric Parkin.

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